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CNN:
Cheney says Obama reversals risk new terror attacks  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration has endangered Americans and opened the country to further attack by reversing Bush administration anti-terrorism policies such as harsh interrogations of suspects, former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Cheney says Obama endangers U.S.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, The Note and TIME.com
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Cheney fearmongers: Obama is ‘making some choices’ …
Discussion: The Reaction
Mike Allen / The Politico:
VIDEO: Cheney: Obama wants ‘massive expansion’
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
New York Post:
WITH REPUBLICAN FRIENDS LIKE THESE ...  THE MEDIA LOVES CONSERVATIVES, BUT ONLY IF THEY HATE REPUBLICANS  —  Dear Mainstream Media:  —  I'm a conservative who believes that other conservatives are fat, drug-stuffed, money-grubbing warthogs like Rush Limbaugh, or scary inbred backwoods retards like Sarah Palin.
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Michelle Malkin:
The trouble with Meghan McCain  —  You know what's wrong with Meghan McCain?  It's not her weight.  It's not her voice.  It's not her looks.  She's a beautiful young girl with TV-friendly poise and natural charm.  The trouble with with Meghan McCain is that, like her father …
Meghan McCain / Blogs and Stories:
The Politics of Size  —  The Politics of Size: Meghan McCain Responds …
Discussion: American Power
New York Times:
Administration Is Open to Taxing Health Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that the president could support taxing some employee health benefits, as several influential lawmakers and many economists favor, to help pay for overhauling the health care system.
Liam Pleven / Wall Street Journal:
AIG to Pay $450 Million in Bonuses  —  American International Group Inc. will pay $450 million in bonuses to employees in its financial products unit.  That division was at the heart of AIG's collapse last fall, which compelled the U.S. government to provide $173.3 billion in aid to keep it running.
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Summers: AIG Bonus Bombshell ‘Outrageous’  —  President Barack Obama's top economics adviser, Lawrence Summers, said that insurance giant American International Group's plan to award senior executives hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses and retention pay is “outrageous.”
New York Times:
A.I.G. Planning $100 Million in Bonuses After Huge Bailout
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS NOT DUE.... Wall Street had a nice little rally this week, but former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino hopes President Obama doesn't get too much credit. … I see.  Just so we're clear, here's a helpful guide to the rules of market watching, as they relate to partisan politics:
BBC:
Pakistan ex-PM ignores ‘arrest’  —  Nawaz Sharif's car set off in a convoy of vehicles  —  Pakistan opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has defied an apparent bid to put him under house arrest in Lahore ahead of a “march” on the capital Islamabad.  —  Thousands of supporters joined …
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Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
Mideast Publications Question Obama Over Top Intelligence Pick's Withdrawal  —  Top Intelligence Pick's Pullout Blamed on ‘Pro-Israel Hawks’  —  The Middle East press has questioned President Obama's authority over Arab-Israeli issues since Charles W. Freeman Jr.'s withdrawal from his appointment to a senior intelligence position.
Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
Some strings attached  —  Is the stimulus law constitutional?  —  Last month, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly called “the stimulus plan.”  It gives billions of dollars to the states, but the gift has strings attached.  One of its unique provisions changes state constitutions!
Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Goodwin: More than a bad day  —  Not long ago, after a string of especially bad days for the Obama administration, a veteran Democratic pol approached me with a pained look on his face and asked, “Do you think they know what they're doing?”  —  The question caught me off guard because the man is a well-known Obama supporter.
Los Angeles Times:
Is anti-Zionism hate?  —  Yes.  It is more dangerous than anti-Semitism, threatening lives and peace in the Middle East.  —  By Judea Pearl  —  In January, at a symposium at UCLA (choreographed by the Center for Near East Studies), four longtime Israel bashers were invited to analyze …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and American Power
Monique / HotMES:
Start smoking: It just may save a child's life!  —  I do realize that most people don't smoke and so they ignore all of the attacks on smokers.  It's not you, and you hate those pesky smokers, anyway.  They're always polluting your lungs!  —  I'm a smoker, I guess.
Washington Post:
At Least 3 Percent of D.C. Residents Have HIV or AIDS, City Study Finds; Rate Up 22% From 2006  —  Considered a ‘Severe’ Epidemic, Every Mode of Transmission Is Increasing, City Study Finds  —  At least 3 percent of District residents have HIV or AIDS, a total that far surpasses …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Bin Laden accuses Arab leaders, urges jihad
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